Mindfulness in clinical and applied practice

06 December 202210:00am - 12:00pm
  • Professional Practice
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Gain a fuller (and more nuanced) understanding of mindfulness based approaches and their applicability to the people you work with.

Mindfulness based approaches are gaining popularity in the mental and physical health settings for both clients and those delivering services. We also see our clients frequently accessing mindfulness in a variety of ways including apps, books, online courses and in the community. As the research evidence grows, it is necessary for psychologists in practice to understand more about current best practice, the strongest evidence base, as well as the appropriate adaptations, and limitations, of mindfulness for different client groups.

We aim to solve the problem of people wondering if mindfulness is suitable for their client group, and what they can and can’t offer safely with different levels of training. Our intention is to share the best ways to work safely with mindfulness with different groups. We address questions such as ‘What training do I need?’ and ‘How important is it that I have my own practice of mindfulness?’ We will offer guidance on how best to explain mindfulness to clients, and the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of possible unusual or unexpected effects. It will cover how psychologists can incorporate this approach into their work safely, with whom, and when.

Participants will gain a better understanding of what mindfulness is and what it is not. Participants will learn how mindfulness has been incorporated into various psychological approaches, and the nuances of these different mindfulness applications. Participants will gain knowledge of the evidence base and the use of mindfulness with the particular populations that they work with. The session will support BPS members who want to engage in mindfulness-based approaches and do so in a more competent and evidence-based way. We aim to encourage the sceptical but to make the cavalier more cautious.

This is not an introduction to mindfulness webinar. It is about looking at mindfulness in a scholarly way to help psychologists make sense of this approach as it is delivered in clinical and other practice, based on current evidence, and following the society’s Guidance on mindfulness-based approaches for psychologists by the BPS Practice Board.

Target audience

Psychologists who have an interest in mindfulness-based approaches but are not necessarily formally trained in this area; service leads and commissioners for services that are thinking of introducing mindfulness; clinical, educational, occupational and sports psychologists. Clinical, Counselling, Occupational, Educational and Sports psychologist. Particularly people who are not on a mindfulness training path already. Researchers looking for ideas for projects.

There are no pre-requisites to attend this webinar. However, an interest in mindfulness from a scholarly position and possibly some experience of popular mindfulness exercises that are done on taster days for mindfulness would be useful.

Learning Outcomes

  1. What mindfulness is and is not
  2. How mindfulness has been incorporated into psychological approaches
  3. What is good training and good governance for mindfulness based approaches
  4. An overview of the evidence for mindfulness based approaches with different populations and how to use the BPS good practice guidelines for mindfulness based approaches
  5. Ideas for useful research.


Dr Stuart Whomsley CPsychol CSci AFBPsS

Dr Stuart Whomsley is a clinical psychologist with twenty years of experience in adult mental health. He has published over thirty papers and book chapters. He has been involved in the production of various DCP/BPS guidelines.

Presenter: Dr Tamara Russell CPsychol

Dr. Tamara Russell is a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist. She completed her Psychology Degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology training at University College London, and an MSc in Neuroscience and a PhD in Experimental Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She is the Founder and Director of the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence (London) a leading think tank for innovation and dissemination of mindfulness. She publishes regularly on the topic of mindfulness, with work across a variety of sectors including clinical psychology and education.

Members: £48 + VAT

Non-members: £ 80 + VAT

Online bookings will close at 12 on 5 Dec

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